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Missions | Volunteers in Mission


Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 10am - 3pm -- more info here

2019 UMVIM Teams list is now available!


United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) enables individuals, local churches, districts, and the annual conference to be directly involved in missions by sending short-term volunteers and financial support to projects at specific locations in a mission area from which an invitation has been received. The purpose of UMVIM teams is to share faith in Jesus Christ through the use of individual skills and gifts as God's ambassadors to the world, sharing God's ministry of reconciliation.

Typically, if you can dream it, you can do it in missions!
Some types of teams include (but are not limited to):

  • Construction
  • Bible School
  • Medical Teams
  • Evangelism and Outreach
  • Social/Community Ministries
  • Sports Ministry

Anyone who has committed his/her life to Christ, is in good standing in his/her local church, and is willing to use his/her skills, talents, time, and financial resources to share "the whole gospel with the whole person."

Although specific costs may vary, team members must be willing to secure their own funding for an UMVIM trip.

Local churches, districts, and/or other groups with conference affiliation may sponsor an UMVIM team. The sponsoring group assumes full responsibility for recruitment and selection of team members and the financial support for team and project expenses.

Team leaders who are planning a mission trip are encouraged to

  • Get trained as an UMVIM team leader.
  • Ensure compliance with Safe Sanctuaries policy.
  • Register with the Southeastern Jurisdictional (SEJ) UMVIM as an UMVIM team.
  • Ensure adequate medical insurance for the team.

Registration with the SEJ is now online only; insurance through SEJ also includes medical evacuation, which is recommended for international trips.

Guidance in organizing, training, and planning mission trips is available through the Conference Coordinator for Missions or the Conference UMVIM Coordinator.

Providing good team leadership is essential to a successful mission trip and begins with UMVIM training. Several training events are offered throughout the year and will be publicized on the Holston Conference website.

If you are interested in a mission project, you are encouraged to contact directly the Team Leader of that team. You may also contact Conference Mission Personnel for more information:

Holston Conference Coordinator for Missions
Conference Secretary of Global Ministries
Mike Sluder
Holston Conference, PO Box 850, Alcoa, TN 37701
Phone: (865) 690-4080; Fax: (865) 690-3162

Volunteer in Mission Coordinator
Bill Campbell
Email: [email protected]
c/o First Broad Street UMC, 100 E. Church Cir., Kingsport TN 37660
Phone: (423) 246-4471; Fax: (423) 246-1361

Can't find what you're looking for? Contact the Connectional Ministries office.

Read about Volunteers in Mission in this story from The Call

Concord UMC organizes 'mission blitz' over MLK weekend

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 15, 2018) -- Some 250 people, wearing disposable gloves and coral red hairnets, rose up against hunger Monday at Concord United Methodist Church in Farragut. From 7-year-olds to senior citizens, volunteers observed ...

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